Here’s the year that was for Northern’s No. 53, Jesse Palmer. (PHOTO CREDIT: Rose Zarucky)
With the home-and-away season now over, we’re going through every player who featured for the Northern Blues in 2019.
Here’s the year that was for Northern’s No. 53, Jesse Palmer.
KEY VFL STATISTICS (averages in brackets):
Disposals: 187 (10.4) Marks: 85 (4.7) Contested possessions: 81 (4.5) Tackles: 35 (1.9) Inside 50s: 41 (2.3)
Jesse Palmer continued to be a threat in front of goal for Northern, finishing the 2019 VFL season as the Blues’ leading goalkicker for the second year in a row.
In his second year at Northern after crossing from Port Adelaide, Palmer continued where he left off in 2018, proving to be the side’s main avenue to goal in the Blues forward line at a consistent level throughout the season.
The 22-year-old kicked multiple goals on seven occasions in 2019, including consecutive hauls of four goals in Rounds 17 and 18
Palmer’s forward pressure around the contest and his ability to push up the ground through the midfield gave him another layer to his game.
In Round 17 against North Melbourne, Palmer had a big influence in Northern’s most comprehensive victory for the 2019 season.
Palmer had a big influence in the 75-point win, setting the tone with a dominant first quarter. Taking full advantage of the midfield dominance on the day, Palmer kicked Northern’s first three goals to help his side build a strong lead going into the first break.
It was a dominant forward performance, as the forward finished with a game-high four goals.
In Round 2, Northern was faced with the tough task of going down to Geelong and coming away with the victory in its first game of the season.
With Palmer coming off the 2018 season which saw him lead the goalkicking for Northern, it was on his shoulders lead the firepower up forward for the Blues.
Northern was able to take the pressure right up to Geelong throughout the game, before making its big move in the third term. Enter Palmer.
He showed his pure goalkicking ability at a crucial time, kicking a goal from outside 50 on the boundary to give the Blues a four-goal lead. It proved vital for the Blues, as they came away with a one-point win against the Cats.